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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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"If the homily goes on too long, it will affect two characteristic elements of the liturgical celebration: its balance and its rhythm. The words of the preacher must be measured, so that the Lord, more than his minister, will be the center of attention."
— Pope Francis (11/24/2013)

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A beloved daughter or son of God?
published 19 July 2011 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

The same priest I mentioned yesterday in my blog is teaching a course on the thought of Henri Nouwen. For any of you who do not know him, Henri was a Dutch psychiatrist-priest who came to the US and taught at Yale but then left teaching and joined the L’Arche movement where those with so-called mental disabilities live in the same houses with others who Jean Vanier and Fr. Thomas Philippe (founders of L’Arche) considered to be way ahead of most of us in their ability to love God and neighbor.

Msgr. Chaffman, the professor who will teach Nouwen, quoted him with this formulation:

Ask yourself,

“Who am I?”

What other people say I am?

What I do?

What I possess?


the beloved of God?

This sounds self-evident that we think we are the beloved of God more than the first 3 choices. But, consider! How miserable do we get when insulted by others? How eager are we to introduce ourselves by our professions and accomplishments? How much to we envy others their possessions?

Sometimes when I give talks where I am announced with all my degrees and books, a woman will approach me after the talk to make a comment proceeding it with this phrase, “Of course, I am only a housewife, but….” I stop her immediately and ask how many children she has? Then, I say, “which one of those children would you like to trade in for a book with your name as author? A book that will eventually be relegated to the dumpster vs. a child who will live for all eternity?

A friend challenged me today about this? Do you think people only love you because of your teaching and books? Not just because you are you? I am going to stop writing this minute and run to the chapel and just sit and ponder blissfully that my real name is not Dr. Ronda but beloved daughter of God.

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